Effect of Elevation Data Accuracy on Storm Drainage Schemes, Lagos, Nigeria


The check of elevation data is an essential step prior the start of any drainage study. An investigation for this concept was done in Lagos, Nigeria using two types of survey sources; a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) with a 15 m resolution produced from Russian Stereo Satellite images (RSS) and a LiDAR survey with a 5 m DEM resolution. A comparison between the RSS model survey and the LiDAR survey showed that LiDAR survey was more accurate than RSS survey and given high reliability. The study also showed that RSS survey could sometimes become misleading and could not assure reliability. A watershed modeling tool was used to analyze both surveys to produce the expected drainage streams. It was found that some locations using RSS had a false drainage direction when compared with higher accurate LiDAR surveys.

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Elmoustafa, A. , Farres, H. and ElFawy, M. (2015) Effect of Elevation Data Accuracy on Storm Drainage Schemes, Lagos, Nigeria. Natural Resources, 6, 433-441. doi: 10.4236/nr.2015.67041.

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